HCL INVITATION TEAMS OCT 2020
Welcome to HCL INVITATION TEAMS OCT 2020
INFORMATION AND CoC
There are 16 teams participating in the tournament. The teams have been divided into two groups of 8 each. The Team Roster is available Here.
3 & 4
5 & 6
There will be a complete round robin within the group.
Each match will be of 16 boards (2 sets of 8 boards each)
End of round robin, teams finishing first from each group will be seeded to SF 1 and SF 2 respectively with a carryover of 6 IMPs
Teams finishing 2nd and 3rd in each group will play an eliminator to determine the other SFs
Lineup for Eliminator
The team with higher VP score amongst A2 and B2 will choose their opponent from A3 and B3. There will be no carryover
Format – 32 boards, 8*4. Will be held on Friday Oct 16. Timings as per four teams agreement
10*4 on Saturday OCt 17. Timings as per four teams agreement
Line up A1 vs winner of(B2 and opp)
B1 vs winner of (A1 and opp)
6 IMP carry over to A1 & A2
12*4 on Sunday Oct 18.
Draw for RR available Here
- All matches will be played at real bridge.
- The RR matches start on 06 Oct.
- RR matches must be completed by Thursday, Oct 14.
- There are three slots available for play every day – 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. You may schedule your matches at any of the slots on any of the days.
- Additional schedules may be available on request, but can’t be guaranteed. All such requests must be made the day before at the latest.
- All the matches must be scheduled by 12:00 noon in order to play that day
- You must be logged into the provided environment atleast 10 min prior to scheduled time. Delays will attract heavy penalties
- All RR matches will be 8*2
- Audio and Video must be kept on during the play of match
- Please note that there will be a penalty of 6 IMP per board where you play without camera. Repeated instances may result in invitation being withdrawn.
- It is desirable to play your matches in the order given, but not necessary. If your opponent from a later round is available, you may play them.
- It is advised that you use laptop/desktop or tablet for play. Phones are not advisable – though they do work.
The scoring will be IMP converted to VP WBF 16 board continuous scale.
Some of the matches will be telecast via Google Meet, Zoom or any other means. The info about the same will be provided separately
Undos are strictly at director’s discretion. Undos are available only for misclicks and not for change of mind. No undo should be granted without director’s permission. TD will evaluate and may allow undo if he is satisfied beyond reasonable doubt. All players are strongly advised to enable confirm bid/confirm play option in BBO to avoid these situations.
System and Conventions
Online events, by nature, do not allow for long periods of time to study and prepare against opponent methods. Hence only Green(Standard based) and Blue (strong club/diamond/precision based) systems are permitted. The following is prohibited in accordance with WBF system policies:
- Use of Brown Sticker conventions and HUM methods unless detailed description and defences submitted atleast 24 hours in advance.
- Random openings which, by agreement can have less than 8 HCP and no further description.
Further, we shall be following BFI system policy by and large, except psyche restrictions are limited to conventional openings only – not subsequent bids.
Please note that all bids need to be self alerted and explained. Please explain the bid using the text area in the bidding box. Not doing this forces opponents to pause and wait for explanation, causing unnecessary UI scenarios.
For any queries related to a bid, including follow up questions, ask the player who made the bid, not their partner. Absolutely do not ask the same question to both players. This is akin to trying to get an advantage by inciting the scope for different explanations. If for any reason you think that explanation is incomplete, call the director.
Please understand that you are entitled to the opponents’ agreement, not their hand. So, if you are told no agreement, and you have a reason to believe that agreement may exist, call the director. Do not ask questions like “what did you mean by the bid”. You may ask if there are any meta rules that may apply in case of no specific agreement.
Conventional opening bid Psyches are disallowed. Psyches are allowed subject to the proviso that an individual does not psych repeatedly and regularly. The opposing team is requested to bring all psyches to the TDs notice to prevent misuse of this facility.
Preempts and light openings
All pre-empts are expected to be announced along with a defined range. The range needs to be reasonably defined (0-11 HCP is not a range). Light openings with less than 8 HCPs, if part of system understanding, are expected to be alerted in advance
Convention cards are mandatory. All players must submit a copy of their convention card in WBF format. At this point the detailed system notes are not mandatory. Please provide a single file, even if it includes detailed notes. The CC repository is available Here
Players are advised to open the opponents CC at the start of the match and keep it open for the duration.
We expect all participants to adhere to the highest standards of ethical behavior during the play of this tournament. Please maintain a courteous attitude towards your partner, teammates, directors, game hosts etc. Repeated misbehavior will lead to ban from any further bridgeduniya events.
Sharing Information PostFacto
No one may use deals played in our events to accuse anyone else of impropriety in public fora. If one wants to report or question an action, use a hand diagram or ensure all identifiers removed from BBO screenshot, like user IDs, Match number and other Results etc, before posting publicly. Players may report suspect actions to the TDs of the tournament. We take these reports very seriously. Any public accusations of unethical practice or impropriety will invite immediate financial sanction and may result in forfeiture of entry and prizes. Any kibitzer sharing such information will not receive further invitation to kibitz any upcoming bridgeduniya events. These sanctions are without appeal.
Review against TD ruling can be requested to reviewer who will look into details of the ruling and procedure being followed. His decision will be final and binding.
Secondary and helpful devices
Please note that phone usage, messaging or whatsapp usage, any other chat or communication application or device usage, including but not limited to landline phones, text message, snapchat, telegram, skype, webmeeting other than authorized meeting is strictly prohibited.
Usage of helpful devices like printed notes, double dummy solver etc is also strictly prohibited. During the play please make sure that your computer doesn’t have any applications open other than BBO, and authorized web meeting. You may be asked to share your screen and/or show your surroundings during random search.
Further, all players are expected to have the last seen setting on for their whatsapp account. And this last seen time must be prior to the match. This maybe randomly looked up by directors. Any violation of these conditions will attract automatic penalty, a minimum of 3 IMPs, can be substantially higher based on director’s evaluation. There’s no appeal against this penalty.
If you absolutely have to take a call or message, please seek director’s permission and do so only during his presence in the web meeting. Absolutely do not leave or step away from web meetings during this period.
Anything not covered here is at the discretion of the director/organizers. They may opt to consult with one or more senior bridge players / organizers, but their decision will be final and binding in all respects